London: Bickers & Son, 1883. Item #00572
The Best and Swiftest Edition
SWIFT, Jonathan. The Works of Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin. Containing Additional Letters, Tracts, and Poems Not Hitherto Published. With Notes and a Life of the Author by Sir Walter Scott. Second Edition. In Nineteen Volumes. London: Bickers & Son, 1883-1884.
Limited to 750 numbered copies (this copy being No. 497), signed by the publishers. Nineteen octavo volumes (8 1/2 x 5 9/16 inches; 216 x 143 mm.). Engraved frontispiece portrait and one additional plate in Volume I.
Early twentieth-century three-quarter turquoise polished calf, ruled in blind, over marbled boards by Tout & Sons for Estes & Lauriat of Boston (stamp-signed on the verso of the front free endpaper). Spines with five raised bands and two red morocco gilt lettering labels, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled endpapers. Minor rubbing to extremities, spines very slightly and uniformly faded. A near fine set.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), “Irish author and dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin (from 1713), the foremost prose satirist in the English language. Besides the celebrated Gulliver’s Travels (1726), he wrote such noted satires as A Tale of a Tub (1704) and A Modest Proposal (1729)” (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).